The next solution was commissioning a Linksys NSLU2 running uNSLUng and ftpd-topfield to allow FTP access to the unit (my computer isn't anywhere near the TV and the Topfield only has a USB port). So the space problem on the Topfield was fixed, but I had loads of transport stream files sitting on my computer. It was just too expensive (time-wise) to edit out all the ads, convert to MPEG-2 and burn to DVD or DivX. So last weekend I scripted it:
- Create ad removal cutpoints with comskip
- Feed the cutpoints into ProjectX then demux
- Combine the audio and video into an MPEG-2 file with mplex
- Encode with Dr. DivX OSS
The whole thing was fairly trivial after reading the CLI documentation for each program, but if you need a hand feel free to contact me.